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Our Christmas Eve Birdwatch was another success with 105 species seen on the day! To read the full trip report just click on the link on the Observatory Website home page.
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Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 19th December 2021

On the seawatch today 530 Wigeon were on the beach ,with 3 Eiders, 4 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Slavonian Grebe also of note. A Water Rail was heard from the Broadwater where 3 Pintail, a duck and two drakes, were also feeding at the north-eastern end. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the pines and a ringed Chiffchaff was also seen near the pond.

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Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still 2.40pm Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable from main track just south of station
Norfolk c37.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh in field by A149 opposite St.Withburga's Church entrance
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still 1.55pm at Cess in cattle fields just east of north end of Cess Road. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT again on seal carcass at top of beach north of North Scrape at 1.29pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv between Cley +Salthouse again flew west over shingle ridge near Sea Pool at 1.20pm
Norfolk 7.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still at Cess in cattle fields just east of north end of Cess Road at c1.15pm. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats
Norfolk 2+Short-eared Owls Welney WWT still on Lady Fen
Norfolk 5.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway viewable from main track just south of station at 12.48pm
Norfolk 27.Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh in field by A149 opposite St.Withburga's Church entrance
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay east of Holkham Gap in roped-off area (+57.Snow Buntings still. 2+Red-necked Grebes still on sea +Black-throated Diver still) TF.899.460
Norfolk 15.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle by Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea at 10.55am
Norfolk Hen Harrier Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets north of Martham still at Cess in cattle fields just east of north end of Cess Road. Use pay +display car park at Martham Boats
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley NWT flew west past beach car park
Norfolk Slav Grebe Cley NWT flew west past beach car park at 9.43am
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Titchwell RSPB on beac